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All About All About the Hound

The All About the Hound Philosophy

A commitment to the best education & training available

Our owner, trainer, and groomer holds the best certifications in her fields, believing that the work of training and caring for dogs is too important to leave to anything less. Loving dogs simply isn’t enough. To be a true dog professional one must both love dogs and know them.

A commitment to the best dog care possible

For us, this means using only the most scientifically-sound, positive-reinforcement based training methods in all of our training classes and private training programmes, as well as during all grooming sessions and throughout every daycare day. Your dog should enjoy every minute with us, and you should enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that will always be the case.

A commitment to the best customer service possible

We believe in taking just as good of care of our two-legged clients as we do of our four-legged ones. That means honest, ethical business practices and building real relationships. That’s why we keep everything we do small, from tiny group training classes, to our limited-space boutique-style daycare, through to our unrushed approach to grooming.

We also strive to make all our services as convenient as possible for our busy clients, providing flexible hours, lots of programme options, and even offering to train your dog for you!


All About April Williams, owner, trainer, groomer

April Williams and her dog Archie

April’s Training Credentials: KPA CTP, Certificate III

April is the only Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner in the Wairarapa, and was among the first graduates from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional Program in Australia. The Karen Pryor Academy is internationally recognized as one of the most rigorous, intensive programs available to professional dog trainers.

Additionally, April holds her Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training, and is a member of both the Association of Professional Dog Trainers in the U.S. and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Australia.

April’s Grooming Credentials: IPGCSP, IPGCPG

April is an internationally Certified Salon Professional (IPGCSP), and internationally Certified Professional Groomer (IPGCPG), and holds Professional Dog Grooming Certificates from both the Dog Diversity Grooming School and the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE.

She is also a member of International Professional Groomers, Inc.

April’s Dogs: Archie, Millie, & Precious

Let’s just say they keep April busy and on her toes! Archie’s the bold, outgoing one. The travel companion who once launched himself into the river Thames, leaving himself covered head-to-tail in mud, and April head-to-foot. (Good thing she’s a professional groomer!)

Millie’s the social butterfly. She loves to make new people friends. (Dogs, too, though she likes to take that slowly.) Millie’s real claim to fame, though, is the greatest recall April’s ever seen: Think furry little bullet train!

Precious is April’s project child. A rescue with a rough start in life, Precious and April have worked diligently together to overcome Precious’ fears and help her playful, happy nature shine through.

All About Wallie, mascot and canine poet laureate

Wallie is the (one dimensional) embodiment of the perfect dog. He loves everyone, human and canine. (He probably even likes cats.) He’s easy-going, affable, unflappable. Nothing scares him. Nothing even rattles him. He’s a friendly, fun, cool cucumber of a dog. Wallie is always ready for anything (and insists of being the center of everything). He is, in short, the dog we all strive for.

Wallie is also something of a writer, despite his lack of opposable thumbs. You’ll find his rhymes throughout our site. (He was quite adamant, and we had to agree, that a dog’s voice be represented on a website all about dog-related services.)


Ready for dog services that are All About you and your hound?

We’d love to make life a little easier with our training, daycare, and grooming services.

Tell us how we can help!

020 4163 4035
april@allaboutthehound.co.nz

Don't just take our word for it!

  • April does an amazing job with our Husky! She is very professional & always does 110%. We recommend her to anyone!!! See you next fur appointment!Shay Thomas

  • April did a great job on my Maltese/Shih Tzu, Jemma! She went in looking like a hairy Yeti and came out looking like a beautiful princess. Well done April. You are an excellent dog groomer!Amanda Olsen

  • Thanks April for getting us on the right track with training, I have a very tired superstar Teddy who walked loose lead and sat quietly in a cafe today.Joanna Kemp

  • Sheba is looking very clean and fluffy after her appointment with April today. She is now looking forward to her play date with April and friends next week. Highly recommend!Julie Morris

  • April is lovely, has a great personality and is very professional. Thanks for all your help with Bailey. Kerry Potts

  • Thank-you April, you did such a great haircut on my dogs. They look fantastic. Penne-ann Huston

  • Thank you April for taking such great care of my deaf old Airedale, Charlie. He was in such a knotted state but you got him looking wonderful! Great breed clip. We will be regulars now. Thank you :)Jannine Yost

  • April offers such an exceptional service; she is friendly and attentive and is good at what she does!Lovena ByMe

  • Thanks April for grooming Becca with such care. We will be back next time for sure and will certainly recommend you for growing in the area.Aziza Young

  • Very happy with Charlie's makeover. Much quicker than where I usually take him. Thanks April, will definitely be back :-)Kristine Mickelssen

  • Benji has been to AllAbouttheHound for a bath and tidy. He came home smelling very tropical and sporting a very full and fluffy look. I was very pleased and will definitely be going back. I thought the service was great.Octavian Filimon

  • Our precious Max has had his second groom at AllAbouttheHound and what a fantastic job April has done. With a professional set up and equipment, I could trust a great job would be done and I wasn't wrong. Max looks super cute and we will definitely be returning customers.Patricia Acampora

  • April was very caring & loving towards my baby dog. Fantastic work with the grooming!!Vicky Madytianos